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People are becoming more conscious about the elements of their home. They are paying attention to detail and know what they want. With the cost of running a large house becoming more apparent, homeowners are demanding the most of their living space. President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior (CHBA CI) Matt McCurrach said anyone who is thinking of building a house should do as much of their homework as possible — know what you want and then talk to industry professionals. Whether it’s a builder, a house designer or a realtor, professionals can consult with you and bring your ideas to fruition. “Really think about what your ideas are,” he said. “What’s most important to you in a home?” McCurrach said it’s also crucial to have your priorities straight when it comes to your home requirements. Is it the location? Is it the size of the house?

MATT MCCURRACH President, Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior “I think people are becoming a lot more detail oriented in their homes,” McCurrach said. “They’re a lot more conscious of what goes into a house now.” McCurrach, who is also the operations manager of Homex Development Corp., said there are a variety of projects in Kamloops right


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now, both multi-family and single-family dwellings. Although the number of residential building permits are down, he said the CHBA CI still anticipates a good year. Now is the time when many projects will get off the ground. McCurrach said all areas of the city are equally active and projects are spread out across the city. Townhouses, condos and houses are all going up, but McCurrach said people are very conscious about what they buy and are moving away from building very large homes. “They’re not all after the huge homes anymore,” he said. “They’re a lot more conscious of the cost to run a home, so they want generally smaller footprints but good usable space and natural light.” Storage and garage space are more and more important as people now have a tendency to keep things off of their lawns and driveways. Bringing the inside outside continues to be a trend

and homeowners are increasingly trying to make the most of the outdoor living component of houses. McCurrach said gas fire pits, nice patios and outdoor heaters are common and suited for the year-round climate in Kamloops. Home automation is also becoming more prevalent. With today’s technology, you can control many of the functions in your home with a smart phone or tablet and a growing number of people are taking advantage of that. Home colour trends are lighter this year, with whites and greys coming back and regaining popularity. McCurrach said clean lines inside and outside the house are also prominent right now, and have been increasingly important for the past few years. Kitchens and ensuites are still the number one area of interest to homebuyers, who are always looking for great qualities in those areas, McCurrach said.


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CONTENTS This month find quick tips for staining wood surfaces, your spring decor guide, the deck design guide, an update on the Kamloops real estate market, an update from the Mortgage Alliance, in addition to a full home builders and services directory, and some ideas for beautifying your backyard.

On the HOME FRONT For the new home buyer or the tenured home owner, Kamloops Home and Condo Living is the guide for enjoyable living. Love your home and everything in it with the help of this tailored resource, which brings you the help of the city’s premier home outfitters and builders. Whether you’re renovating your current space, on the market for a new one, renting or building something brand new, take advantage of new ways to make the most of your surroundings. The experts are at your finger tips with everything you need to know about creating the space you want to live in. Find something for your condo or home, new or seasoned, and ideas for every room, from your kitchen to your closet.

BUILDING DREAMS New decor or furniture can turn your lived-in den to a brand new abode. Some new lighting? Different paint colours? New landscaping? Or maybe you need to take out that wall or add that kitchen island you’ve always wanted? Whatever you’re thinking of trying, start here. Learn about the hottest styles and local trends in today’s homes and who to talk to. Also find out how to get up to date on the most cutting edge automated home technology or green solutions. This month features advice from locals about h o w t o d e s i g n a n d Everything you need to d e c o r a t e y o u r d e c k o r know about outfitting patio and enjoy the summer your home exactly how months to the fullest. you want it, today. Yo u r h o m e i s y o u r sanctuary. Let’s make it the place you want to return to.

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FOR STAINING WOOD SURFACES Staining brings out the best in a wood surface. Adding stain to a wooden surface


not only aligns the colour to match a room’s décor, however it also emphasizes the are some professional staining tips that

the surface. After the stain has been applied,

focus on pre-staining procedures, effective

wipe the stain off immediately for a lighter

products, and applications that will ensure

tone, or for a deeper tone, leave it on 5-10

the best results for your finished product:

minutes before wiping off using a clean rag.

Equipment for project: fine grit sandpaper,

Similarly to the application of the stain, make

disposable rubber gloves, Minwax Wood

sure to wipe off any excess stain going in the

finishing cloths and clean rag. Directions:

direction of the grain of wood. Never allow

Sanding — Always prepare the wood with a

any excess stain to dry on wood surface—it

light sanding. Sanding the wood surface ensures

will cause all sorts of adhesion and other issues.

you get a nice even coat of stain when the time

Evaluation: After letting the finish sit for an

comes. Always sand in the direction of the

hour, evaluate your work. If you are satisfied

grain to avoid leaving unsightly scratches. Use

do not apply any further stain. However, for an

a fine grit sandpaper or even a very fine grit to

even deeper color and sheen, wait one hour,

get a smooth down appearance. Make sure to

then apply a second coat, using a fresh cloth.

remove all the sanding dust before moving on.

Remember – Stain provides colour,

Preparation: To keep hands clean,

but not protection. Once the stain has

wear the gloves provided in the Minwax

dried, apply a clear finish product such as

Finishing cloths package. Open the front

Minwax Polycyclic Protective finish to

label. Remove a stain cloth. Close the

protect both the stain and the wood. For

front label to keep cloths from drying out.

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HOME DECOR How many times have you checked into a hotel and been impressed by the decor? Hotels spend millions of dollars to get that perfect look and feel - one that can appeal to travellers with various design aesthetics. So, if you’re looking to reinvigorate your home with a fresh new look, your favourite hotel can be one of the best sources of inspiration. The hotel experts at Choice Hotels Canada want to help you get that stylish look with five tips to bring the hotel to your home. Paint the walls: Revive your walls with a fresh coat of paint, but keep it neutral and uncomplicated. If you need colour, consider an accent wall in a slightly deeper tone or a wall vinyl with a modern nature-inspired pattern. Simplify the furniture: Ditch the bulky, patterned or outdated pieces in exchange for furniture with clean lines and solid colours. But don’t worry; you can keep personality with fun accessories, like pillows with funky designs or unique textures.

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Brighten the bathroom: A large mirror for the bathroom is a staple in many upscale hotels and it also offers better light. Another quick and easy upgrade are new plush towels – in white, of course. Unclutter: Get rid of things you don’t need such as the miniature horse collection on your fireplace or the 25 frames dominating your bookshelf. Instead, decide on a few key things to display and put the rest in storage. Find your inner Zen: Have you noticed when you check into a hotel room, you often feel a sense of calm? It could be exhaustion from travelling, but hotels are also designed to provide comfort to their guests. Asian-inspired décor pieces can encourage set a spalike feel in the space and a lavender c a n d l e o r t w o w o n ’ t h u r t e i t h e r. So turf the designer and do it yourself. With just five easy steps, you can give your personal space the hotel look you love, but without the nightly rate. — News Canada

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A popular trend for patios and decks this season is a lounge style, with a built in kitchen or bar. Bringing indoor décor styles outside continues to be a hot trend that is perfect for the dry summer climate in the Thompson Nicola.

Outdoor living is all about bring the inside to the outside. The trend has been hot for the last five years but with the dry and hot summer climate in Kamloops, it’s still a popular style choice for patios and decks. Kamloops designer Michele Hunt Wiebe of 4 Sister Designs said because the region doesn’t get a lot of rain, you can easily use inside furniture outside on your deck or patio, especially if your deck has some sort of coverage. Although you can get modern outdoor furniture that resembles indoor styles, you have the freedom to choose pieces that aren’t

necessarily designed to go outside. “You don’t have to be stuck with going and getting the PVC or composite material tables and chairs,” Wiebe said. “You can have a little more fun. Put a funky glass table outside that you would put in your living room. Try it outside.” She said natural looks have taken over the previous hollywood glam styles for patios. It doesn’t end with furniture, however. A popular trend right now is to have different

sections on your deck, much like you would in your kitchen and dining room. “We tend to focus on small areas on your deck,” Wiebe said. “Depending on your needs, you might have a dining room table, you might have a built in kitchen or bar. Bars seem to be even more popular now than kitchens do.”

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Kitchens or bars are often an extension of a typical barbecuing area. For entertaining purposes, a bar and sitting area is suited for serving drinks and appetizers rather than a more formal dining setting. Weather-proof televisions are increasingly popular on patios, which ties in nicely with the bar vibe. “That whole fireplace/TV/bar/lounge feel is probably the number one trend,” Wiebe said, adding that gas fire pits are still a very popular

choice, as well. Outdoor lighting is becoming a feature on patios, whether its built into the stairs or a statement style piece, such as oversized pendant lamps. In Kamloops, many people want some sort of shade covering, especially if you have a southfacing deck. Choices range from a simple patio umbrella to larger pergolas. Even umbrellas come in more sophisticated options, such as styles with a large swing arm.

Retractable coverings are a popular option for those who want to enjoy their outdoor space in both the spring fall months. Patrick Foidart at Nu-Vue Exteriors said motorized awnings and sunrooms are a frequent request. For deck materials there are many options, from the standard concrete and composite materials or cedar plank. Foidart said they are still doing a lot of vinyl membrane decking, which is durable and nice on the feet. But you can also get materials that look like hardwood floors or wood tiles. For renters or anyone who doesn’t want to invest in permanently altering their decking there are temporary wood tiles you can purchase that simply lay overtop of your current surface. “It gives you a totally new look. You can stain them you can paint them, you can do whatever you want with them and then they lift right back up,” Wiebe said. For railings, Foidart said topless glass is still the most popular choice.

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SAHALI IS NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR BUYERS Ingrid Pfeiffer, president of the Kamloops and District Real Estate Association, said she was reluctant to post statistics for March sales. “It wasn’t a good month,” she said, “but we’ve caught up now” with the release of statistics processed to the end of April. That report shows more than $65 million in residential real estate was sold and brings the year-todate total to $183 million. Last year at the end of the first quarter, the local real estate association reported $210 million in residential sales. Pfeiffer said one of the realities realtors confronted was “the bad winter we had.” With a lot of activity in buying houses in the $240,000 to $280,000 range, “that tells me there are a lot of first-time buyers,” she said.

Sahali remains the No. One choice for homebuyers, she said, with 22 sold in that area in April. We s t s y d e c o m e s i n s e c o n d w i t h 18 houses sold, while Aberdeen, Brocklehurst and South Kamloops each saw 17 houses change owners. I t ’s p o p u l a r b e c a u s e i t i s close to downtown, shopping centres, the university and several schools, Pfeiffer said. She said she’s finding “more and more people coming from different areas” to the River City, including many from Alberta who are coming back to B.C. after leaving years ago. “Kamloops is a nice size and has a good feeling,” she said. “And people are so nice here. I was talking to someone I sold a house to a while ago and she said ‘Are people always this friendly?’ “That’s what’s great about Kamloops.”

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renovations, all in your original mortgage. These required renovations would be financed at the mortgage rate of interest, which is lower than the loan rate of interest. You would then spread the repayment of these renovations over 25 years, the same as your mortgage, resulting in a small increase to your mortgage payment. The maximum amount you can obtain for renovations will be the lesser of either 10 per cent of the purchase price or $40,000. There’s no change in interest rate or insurance premium rate. Your down payment will be based off of the total as improved value of the property. Example : Purchase Price of $350,000 Improvement Value of $35,000 Down Payment of $19,250 ($350,000 + $35,000 x 5%) Don’t let your dream home get away because it needs a bit of work. Give your Mortgage Alliance Kamloops mortgage professional a call to discuss how we can make your dream a reality.

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BACKYARD Summer is here and while not all of us can escape to the beach or cottage, we can create our very own backyard oasis. It starts with considering what you already have and the areas of your backyard that could use a little love. Your oasis should reflect your personal taste and serve as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Read more for ideas on how to bring this concept to life: Create a cozy outdoor lounge area. Make your outdoor space feel like your indoor living room. Comfortable and clean patio furniture will do just that, enticing families and friends to sit outside and enjoy the warm summer months. This will be the centre of your oasis, a gathering place, so making it comfortable and welcoming is important. Bring the barbecue back to life. Grimy grills aren’t a welcome part of any backyard. Give it a good cleaning with the popular brand Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Using a damp brush, give the grill and overall

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barbecue a good scrub and then a thorough rinse to bring the lustre back for a new season of grilling. Spruce up the garden. Your garden is a magical place, allowing you to escape the realities of day-to-day life so you can enjoy the simple beauty of flora and fauna. When designing your backyard keep the amount of sunlight and water that plants will need in mind. Be sure to include the colour and textures that you love to create an environment you’ll want to retreat to at the end of the day. Bring a sparkle to your pool and outdoor toys. Whether you have an in-ground pool or one of the inflatable variety, a few toys serve as necessary accessories for a fun and carefree environment. If they’ve been stored over the winter, mix baking soda with warm water and give the toys a good wipe or soak and then rinse. More information is available at — News Canada

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